Lucca Film Festival: David Lynch Drops Clues for 'Twin Peaks' Sequel

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David Lynch

The director also tweeted hints that a return may be imminent

David Lynch was the guest of honor at the 10th edition of the Lucca Film Festival in Tuscany, Italy. He was honored with a live concert of Angelo Badalamenti music from his films in a 15th century church, participated in a panel on Transcendental Meditation and gave a master class on cinema. The latter was so packed that a mob formed outside chanting until they were let in.

Before receiving his lifetime achievement award at the festival, Lynch was drilled on the ongoing question of whether or not there would be a Twin Peaks sequel.

In the final episode of Twin Peaks, which takes place in 1989, character Laura Palmer tells Agent Dale Cooper, "I will see you again in 25 years." And fans have been awaiting an answer ever since. Last year, when an Internet rumor broke out hinting at the possibility of a third season, the director’s daughter Jennifer Lynch took to Facebook to post, "I AM PUTTING TO REST ALL STORIES OF TWIN PEAKS RETURN. THIS IS NOT HAPPENING."

But the rumors came back like wildfire this summer with the release of Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray box set with 90 minutes of deleted and extended scenes. Lynch spoke to The Guardian about the possibility of a sequel: "In another life, yes." Then added, "Like I say, you never say never."

Lynch admitted to the audience in Lucca that yes, indeed he would like to meet up again with the characters of Twin Peaks and check on how they’re doing. "I’ve always said I love a continuing story, to love a world and be able to go deeper and deeper into that world," he said. "So there’s always a possibility, and you just have to wait and see."

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He then posted on Twitter two popular  quotes from the show: "That gum you like is going to come back in style!" and "#damngoodcoffee." The show’s co-creator Mark Frost tweeted the same quotes simultaneously. If it's not a sequel, it’s safe to say Lynch has got something Twin Peaks-related brewing on the horizon.  

Lynch, who shot his last feature Inland Empire on digital in 2006, also dropped hints during the master class that if he does return to Twin Peaks, perhaps he will also return to film. "For a long time, I championed digital. I fell in love with digital," he said. "And recently, I was working on deleted scenes from Twin Peaks. And for the first time in a long time, I saw the footage shot on film, and I was overwhelmed by the depth of the beauty that celluloid, that film can give. It has such a depth and such a beauty."

Twin Peaks is often credited with starting the golden age of television, or the rise of cinema-quality production and storytelling on primetime. Echoes of Twin Peaks can be seen vividly in contemporary shows such as True Detective and The Killing.

It’s no secret that Lynch was not happy with ABC pressuring him to reveal Laura Palmer’s murderer on the show's final season. It’s likely that he’d find greater creative freedom today with a new partner, such as Netflix, which has a track record of resurrecting a show with a large cult fan base.

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